An Expert Guide To Protecting Your Car From The Elements


Do you remember the time when you first bought your brand new car? Everyone can remember those times! When you first set eyes on your shiny new car, you will have noticed how immaculate the paintwork and bodywork was, but in the back of your mind you were also worried that your car won’t always look like that!

Even people that buy brand new cars and just store them soon see how tatty the car becomes, covered in dust and bird droppings, and generally looking sorry for itself. Of course, most people spend a lot of time driving their brand new cars and not keeping them stored for years on end, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that your car will have some body damage during its life on the road.

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But did you know that when your car is parked at home, there are a number of ways that you can protect it from the elements? It’s no secret that one thing that can really damage the paint and bodywork of a car isn’t down to accidental damage or vandalism; the main cause of such problems is simply down to the environment around us!

When a car is exposed to the elements, it can be “attacked” by a number of things such as:

  • Bird droppings – the acid in bird droppings, along with the clear coat (lacquer) layer on your paintwork contracting and expanding with the heat, can cause the lacquer to “mould” itself around the affected area;
  • Rain – a lot of the rain that falls down can be acidic, due to air pollution, and so when this rain falls and subsequently dries on the car, it too can damage the clear coat on your car’s paintwork.

After a car’s clear coat has been attacked by the elements, the underlying paint is also exposed to the elements. When the same culprits attack the paint just like they did with the clear coat layer, the metal underneath can start to corrode, causing rust.

The longer you leave such problems to occur, the worse the corrosion, resulting in expensive bodywork repairs being required.

So if you are about to buy a new Toyota from Jardine Motors, or a new car from any dealer, for example, here are some top tips to help you protect your car when you’re not on the road.


The best choice for protecting a car from the elements is to simply store it in a garage! Many houses will come with a garage, either attached to the house or located in a communal garage block nearby.

Some people can even park their cars in underground car parks (typically those that live in apartment blocks).

Car cover

If you aren’t going to be driving your car for a long time, you could always invest in a car cover for it. These are basically covers made out of strong materials that are designed to withstand rain or snow, although these need to be tightly covered around the car otherwise the wind may cause the cover to scratch it in certain places.

Car port

These are cheaper to build than garages, but the only problem with them is that they only protect the top of the car, not the sides as well.

Should you invest in a carport this summer? Here is some information that could sway your decision

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If you don’t own a garage and your car is constantly left outside, now could be a good time to invest in a carport before it’s too late. You see; leaving vehicles exposed to the elements all the time can cause significant problems, which is precisely why I’m writing and publishing this article today. You need to know the facts to ensure you make the right decisions, and so I’ve been doing a lot of research over the last couple of weeks. Take a moment to read through all the points I’ve listed below, and hopefully you’ll be left with a much better understanding of the benefits a good quality carport can offer.

Carports Will Keep Your Paintwork Looking Fresh

Regardless of how old or new your car is, leaving it outside in the sun and rain for too long will undoubtedly cause the paintwork to fade. While you might not be too concerned about this at the moment, I can tell you from personal experience that a full respray is usually very expensive. So, why not avoid this happening altogether by simply covering the car? To me, that seems like the obvious thing to do.

Carports Will Keep Your Car Secure From Thieves

While they’re certainly not as secure as a private garage, evidence suggests that car thieves are far less likely to steal a car if it’s inside a carport. This is because they know that carports can be alarmed, and can have security cameras watching over them. Also, most people install a security light nearby, so the thieves would be lit up like a Christmas tree.

Carports Will Stop Your Water Tank From Freezing

We all know how much hassle it can be when we wake up to find that our drive has frozen over, but this can sometimes become even worse by the fact that our water tank has frozen. While a carport won’t protect your vehicle completely from the elements, it could well stop it from suffering at the hands of low temperatures.

Carports Will Give You Somewhere To Show Off Your Latest Toy

Whether you’ve just bought an Aston Martin, or you’ve acquired a new Mazda MX5, owning a carport will mean you have somewhere to go when friends come around to show them your new toy. Of course, you’ll need to double check the spec and size of your vehicle before purchasing a port to ensure it’s large enough to fit inside. Luckily, if you did buy the new coupe, Arnold Clark Mazda have more details on this MX5 here, and you’ll have no trouble finding information about other models online.

So, as you can plainly see, purchasing and erecting a carport could make a big difference to your overall motoring experience. Not only will it mean you have to perform less maintenance, but it will also give you somewhere to display your favourite automobiles for the whole world to see (well, at least everyone who visits your home). I’ve been using them for years, and so I’m probably a bit biased, but just try it out and see for yourself.

Thanks for reading. See you back here again soon!

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With the exception of certain people who have been stealing our content. We aren’t going to name and shame, but there are at least two websites out there who have ripped off our carport articles and are trying to make money from them. All our carport and garage information is 100% handwritten by us, based on experience and research, and whilst we are happy for you to use one or two paragraphs of information if you link to us from your website, we’re not happy with people stealing complete articles and posting those spammy ad links all over them. If you’re reading this and you’re considering ripping off our metal carports, garages, steel buildings, carport kits or similar articles, we will be reporting you to your web host and then taking further action. Unfortunately these days many people grab, spin and even just steal content straight out for their own websites because they are too lazy to write their own.

Ripping off and destroying good quality content just adds to spam on the internet and makes people think they can get away with it, so if you see any of the articles from on any other websites, please report it to the website owner, the web host and us so we can follow it up further. We put a lot of time and effort into researching and writing our carports articles, and it’s a shame that we have to write this post.

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